Michael Bisping favors Anthony Smith for accepting a fight on short notice

Michael Bisping fshares his thoughts on Anthony Smith vs Khalil Rountree Jr.

by Aryan Lakhani
Michael Bisping favors Anthony Smith for accepting a fight on short notice
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The upcoming light heavyweight clash promises to be thrilling; Anthony Smith stepped in last minute to fight the talented Khalil Rountree. Their fight will be featured as the co-main event on 9th December. Fighters that step in on short notice are usually looked upon as underdogs – but not in Michael Bisping’s perspective, as he favors Anthony Smith and believes the experience factor will play a huge role in allowing him to secure a win.

Sometimes, the hunger to win plays more of a deciding role than experience. It will be fascinating to see who ends up winning; Rountree is on a terrific 4 match winning streak, and in less than 2 weeks we will find out if he’s successful in extending it.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Khalil Rountree Jr to be featured in the top 10 rankings of the light heavyweight division; a win is all he needs to achieve this milestone.

Michael Bisping on Anthony Smith vs Khalil Rountree

In a recent YouTube video, Michael Bisping shared his honest opinion on the upcoming fight between Anthony Smith and Khalil Rountree and explained why he’s supporting Anthony Smith.

“He’s rolling the dice, he’s daring to be great, he’s stepping up on short notice,” Bisping said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “Khalil Rountree is the real deal. He’s a tough guy.

He’s got big power. You’ve got to favor Anthony in that, He’s fought better competition, he’s been around longer, he’s got bags of experience. I think striking wise, he can more than handle himself on the feet against Khalil.

In the grappling department, I think Anthony is leaps and bounds ahead of him. But hey, it’s a fight. He’s stepping up on short notice. I’m assuming he’s been in the gym, and he’s been training otherwise he wouldn’t do it. Anthony takes his career very seriously”.

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